May 15, 2013 8:00pm EDT
the less washington will ever deal with our problems. like our deficit problems and, that, you say would be the biggest sin, potentially to come of this, right? >> it is unfortunate this is happening. as one was said when it comes to abuse of presidential power, obama's turning out to be the president that nixon aspired to be. i mean, this is really unfortuuate. neil: on a side note, you mention the nixon thing how does this compare to watergate or what you know of so far? way early in the process but some are citing the oddity of this is all 40 years almost to the day of watergate hearings. >> i was a little kid on capitol hill when all of this developed. neil: sure. >> from day to day you didn't know what was going to, shoe was going to fall next and it spread and it spread and pretty soon it was like a whole scenario. neil: i remember, that was supposed to be a left-wing cabal against a republican president. >> so who knows. this is unfortunate there are huge problems facing the country. none of them is being addressed. a lot of cans are being kicked and the budget is more important.
May 17, 2013 11:00am PDT
like the economy and the deficit and immigration reform while congress also spends so much time focused on discovering more and doing more in oversight on the scandals and controversies. here's what he had to say. >> we have to do our job to our constituents to do oversight of the federal government, we're not getting straight answers on benghazi. we're not getting straight answers on the irs. clearly we're worried about intimidation of the press with respect to the doj scandal. that doesn't mean we're only going to do that. >> his point is they can walk and chew gum at the same time, that members of congress have this oversight responsibility, but you heard him say, very pointedly, we're not getting straight answers on benghazi, we're not getting straight answers on the irs. there is a lot of feeling by republicans and even some democrats in congress that the testimony today by the acting irs commissioner did him more harm than good. even if he's on his way out the door, there are questions about whether or not he's distant from the obama administration in this. >> don't forget the ap
May 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
in principle on an immigration reform framework. and there was some positive news on the deficit. but both of those items will take a long time to pay dividends. and the administration will have to still fight the crises for now, if they ever want to be able to maximize both of these agenda items in the long term. wolf? >> jessica yellin over at the white house, thanks very much. let's dig a little bit deeper now with our chief political correspondent, host of the "state of the union" candy crowley. the president trying to change the subject today, didn't work that well, because the subject is still out there. >> there's a formula for presidents who get into political trouble. and it begins with trying to change the questions. which he did pretty well, i think, in the rose garden, at least it was a good first step. went out there and said, okay, what we really noo ed is money to help secure the embassies. that was his response to the benghazi problem. he talked about the irs, and said, well, this was done, because i take these leaks very seriously, because they endanger americans. put it i